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collaboration between the mta and police department and public health and others to make certain there is a clear sharing of data relative to the most problematic areas. and we are putting the resources where they are. and as a result not only of the enforcement efforts but other efforts as well. is reason why we see significant reduction in fatalities for the year. although we are not at zero. we are definitely moving in the direction of. 2013 we ended the year with a total of 34 traffic fatalities. 21 of which were pedestrian fatalities. we are currently at 20. significantly below where we will be hopefully at the end of the year. as it worked out 21 pedestrian fatalities last year, and currently at 12. and i think in large part
because of the additional enforcement. the unfortunate thing that we have to acknowledge that the driving enforcement is bad behavior. whether mitigating the behavior through engineering, that reduces the likelihood of a person speeding because of the changing environment. or hopefully getting to the hearts and minds of people and causing them to change their behavior. we will continue to see this kind of increase in enforcement. not because it's really what -- it's not the answer, but it's definitely a response to the behavior until that behavior changes. one to be brief, i know that we are short of time and open it up for questions you may have. >> i guess when you had given a report in the past, you had a hand-out.
i don't know if you have those numbers as a hand-out or not? >> i did not bring any today. but what we do, we report those to the public on the police department website. on a monthly basis we report out department wide and district wide the aggravate numbers of the citations and as well as a breakdown of the 10 and the focus on the five. >> in the future, when you do this presentation, it would be helpful to have the numbers in front of us. >> sure. >> easier than to reflect, to see what you are doing now versus six months. >> perhaps when you reconvene, i will bring that. >> sure. >> any other comments? okay. let me get some clarification for workshop format.
do we ask for public comments or anything? >> yeah, you are entitled to ask for public comment, it's not on the record. but if the public would like to comment, they are free to do so. >> thank you. >> commissioner tang is sitting in, in this committee. which we will receive a memo to seat her officially. >> she's going to be temporarily appointed in the committee to fill a vacancy. >> okay. any public comments on this matter? >> madeline (inaudible), i have a request regarding enforcement. one that van ness as sort of a
highway, literally a highway. and it's visually in every function acts as a highway, including speed. in an earlier meeting, commander ali mentioned that the chep could be brought in to help enforce with that. there is not a single day that goes by that there is not red-lighting running on that street, habitually. and so i would like to suggest to bring chp in on this would help neighboring areas in terms of traffic calming. when people see enforcement happening, and the chp, i don't know how stretched they are. but they could take up the slack that sfpd has to deal with it. and i came from a very contentious meeting regarding
polk street. and at this point i am pleading with the city to stand united behind this effort. it doesn't compute with people that what this is about is public well-being and safety. not just in terms of crashes but the air that we breathe and the vitality of the city. and honestly they don't see that the majority of the citizens of the city and neighborhoods do want these initiatives. thank you. >> in terms of science and philosophy, (inaudible) all the people cannot go beyond the extreme restriction of being in danger. however, how they say a man (inaudible) however, there is a
high level, (inaudible) stage of people other human beings. so it's beyond (inaudible) and dash dashlg, and it's a human way of destiny and human nature. >> thank you, any other public comments? seeing none, then public comment is closed for this particular item. i guess we are still waiting for official notice? >> i actually had a few questions and comments. first of all, i want to thank commander ali for this stepped up enforcement. it's been noticeable in some of our challenging intersections. i know that i receive complaints as we have discussed from some bicyclists. and i think that part of the enforcement that your officers has done, has really changed
behavior somewhat. so i really do appreciate the enforcement. because then it changes how people drive in an area. and i would like to of course advocate for more. and it just -- it's very noticeable. there was a time a couple of months back there was really aggressive enforcement. and i noticed a great change in how considerate drivers and bicyclists had become as a result of that. i know that the amount of enforcement we have to help throughout the city doesn't always exist. i know it's target and moved around. i want you to know that your efforts are noticed and appreciated. and i want to say keep it up. it would be great to see the
numbers in terms of citations. we talked about this as well, and the citations and far exceed the number of cars and comparison of bicyclists. i think you have shown us that data in the past. to have information like that consistently when there is an update. it's helpful so when we respond to our constituents, we help them understand what the numbers say. but more importantly why it's important to make sure that we are enforcing the laws of the road and how ultimately the goal is to protect everyone from collisions. so i appreciate that, and i wanted to make that comment. so thank you. >> thank you. >> ditto that. the other thing that you didn't mention that you mentioned last time. you also ticketed pedestrians. >> yes, you know as indicated we saw a 62% increase of actually the aggravate numbers is 87,500
citations issued as of august 31. 94% of those citations are issued to the operators of motor vehicles. 5% are issued to pedestrians, and less than 2% to bicyclists. and even those aggravate numbers have increased substantially over those same groups. those modes of travel in the years past. so when this committee reconvenes, i will be certain to provide you hard numbers and the exact numbers in that regard. as staffing levels you know in the police department are low, as staffing levels get back to normal. we are certain to see more enforcement in that regards. and even as we fully utilize existing resources in terms of grants that are actually coming
into the pipes as we speak. you will see more resources deployed as result of that additional support. and i thank you for being a part of that effort. >> you gave a great example, and another example to give you, when we started the student crossing guard program at (inaudible). where the students were, i would say the educators. and the behavior of basically the parents dropping off the kids prior to the program was horrible. they didn't stop for pedestrians crossing the street. and in a rush to drop off their own kids they endangered other kids. and what happened with that program, there were one or two
patrolmen that came, and all they had to do was ticket two parents within two days. and the education piece of it spread real quickly. and the principal was saying after those two tickets it became like a night-and-day situation. and i want to commend your effort of making a difference. we are trying to roll out a couple more schools and we hope to duplicate that. i believe that the alice bone school just started and no one is ticketed there. and i think it needs to be done, they have pretty bad behavior there too. i would appreciate someone over there. >> sure. >> we have an official notice? in front of me. okay, do i need to read this?
thank you very much, at this point we will end the workshop and reconvene the meeting. >> and we are item number -- should i call the item? >> we are on item 4, update enforcement activities, this is an information item. >> thank you, commissioner tang for joining us and making this an official meeting. so we will call item 4, in which do we have to hear the same thing or what? okay, sorry, commander ali, you are on again. this is ovation -- yay, come back up. >> how do i summarize that, we are doing great. [laughter] anyway, just to kind of summarize as of august, 31, this
year, we have seen a 62% increase in traffic citations issued for violations. it was 87,500 citations issued, to put in perspective, that surpasses all of 2013, the number of citations issued. and focus on the five are the top five collision factors identified in all of our collisions. those being speeding, red-light running and stop signs and failing to yield making a left turn and failure to yielding to a pedestrian at a cross walk. those account for 24% of the total 87,500 tiitati z0 citati. and to focus on why that is significant, there is hundreds
of enforceable sections in the vehicle code. and five of them are our top five enforcement efforts. and that speaks to our desire to impact the number of collisions we have in the city. the overall enforcement efforts are divided out among the district stations. and we utilize the officers in a strategic manner to address the areas identified through the analysis of data and obviously through community feedback. as we sat through and listened and aware of the problems at sacramento and stockton, we have increase in enforcement at that location. and the increase enforcement of sunset, and we increase that until such time engineering kicked in and that project was
completed that impacted the safety of that area. as you look at these major projects throughout the city. all of them are just about supported by increased enforcement efforts until the engineering fixes are in place. and ultimately it's behavior driven, so we are hoping that our wonderful public, you know simply changes their behavior. but until then, we will continue to give citations. that a good summary? >> thank you, commander ali, for your great summary. >> thank you. >> any comments? no, okay. any public comment? can you make sure you talk about enforcement, please. >> police force, for their function (inaudible) number one, assisting citizens to go at
angle, at area (inaudible) assisting them. (inaudible) starbucks and noise and action, and (inaudible) public behavior. for example, starbucks (inaudible) call the police to (inaudible). and issue citation (inaudible). and those two for police, to assist also the citizen to achieve high level beyond the area, so they know how to uplift their spirit and the mind and everything to go beyond present level of activities. so unto safe soul, and for police to use citation to generate some type of
(inaudible) philosophy and (inaudible) strike together to make a better force of life. to (inaudible) ticket, to allow such a person to receive such a ticket. to (inaudible) protective, more (inaudible) way of life force somewhere else, you know. (inaudible). >> any other public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel] >> madam clerk, item 5. >> vision zero progress report, this is an information item. >> the co-chairs of the task force, megan wier, and timothy papandreou from sfta will provide a progress report on
vision zero and initiatives. >> good morning, timothy papandreou, co-chair and joined by may megan wier. most information is in writing, and the powerpoint is also available. we are going to give you verbal updates on key pieces and then happy to answer any questions. in the update itself, there are some specific areas this we want to touch upon, mainly the progress of the two-year action strategy, and some of the progress from the subcommittees. and also to what we call vision zero group updates that megan will go into and the key pieces. just quickly, the vision zero two-year action strategy, we have been working now with our
subcommittee leads to develop an action plan for the next two years, to have a specific action and strategy ready for release this december. our next committee meeting we will present that as well. on the engineering, mari hunter presented the status updates, i we went -- i won't go over that again. and to report safe streets success, which is a city-wide campaign with several city departments started its kickoff. and you may see that i pledge safe streets going on with buses and other properties around the city. it's interesting to note that to
provide funding for the police department, commander ali talked about the funding challenges that the department is faced with. to supply equipment. there is lighto-enforcement devices and some specific targeted enforcement for that. and the other part for media and a tool of how successful these programs have been. expect that funding to come in mid-way next year. and we are working on a curriculum to educate drivers of large vehicles how to drive more safely in san francisco. and one other successes we had, the police department has been successful in receiving our pedestrian safety education and enforcement grant for $200,000, and working together with mta to
basically coordinate the education portion of the police department involvement in the safe streets campaign. so there is very good news in that part there. commander ali went over the enforcement piece. i won't go into that. and then lastly on my end, policy, many of the things that we want to do require new policies. either at the city level or the state level. and some of the most effective vision zero collision reduction measures are currently not legal in california. we set up a policy committee to set up key policies of how to create impetus and with your support whether we can do them legally at the city level. or support legislators at the state level. things that include automated speed enforcement and other
devices that we can implement quickly. that's my update on those elements. i will now move it over to megan to provide an update on her elements and then happy to answer any questions. >> megan wier, co-chair from the san francisco public health, i will start with the monitor update. we are partnering to evaluate the aforementioned safe streets campaign. and data collectors on the street looking at vehicle yielding and to pedestrians. and we recently publicly released our online spatial data release, and that data release is called transbase and it's at transbase.org. and we have been working with sfta regarding speed data to
inform speed monitoring, and working with an edmologist to link to medical records to help us capture at least a 20% underestimate of pedestrian and bicyclists injuries to inform vision zero initiative. in respect to schools, our lead from the department of department health has worked to ensure that our safe routes to school partnership is the schools work with vision zero to serve as a body for these activities. working with 25 elementary schools and it's expanding. they are happy to announce they were awarded an active transportation grant for close to $1 million for the school
year 2016-17, and to provide transportation tool kits and targeted traffic enforcement. a partnership between our agencies. we have seen increase of traffic enforcement by sftp. and everyone has walk to school on your calendar on october 8. and there is more about bessie carmichael school in the work-group hand outs. and we are working on what i call the city vision work group. we are working to look ahead. we know that the 24-24 is important goal by the city. but we need more to achieve zero deaths, and we have a review of safety practices based on what is happening in the united states, and other cities implementing vision zero and as
well as our peer cities. and looking to other countries such as sweden and australia, to see what they are doing in best practices of safety. and comparing that to the work in san francisco, as well as we know of our best practices. and this review will help us in short and longer-term strategies for achieving vision zero in san francisco, and feeding into our longer term planning. once we complete our tier action strategy, and timothy mentioned we will engage with this committee about our findings and opportunities for the longer-term strategy. and finally and really importantly, with respect to communications, a contract has been signed with d & a consultants that are working with our city team on a communication strategy. which we will hope will be reflected in our presentations and communications moving forward. a lot of work is done by the
city, and we know that we need more resources to really support us sharing that with you and with the public. and so john knox white from the mta is the lead for that work, and the communication work has kicked off. and we look forward to sharing that as well. >> and that will also -- if i may interject, that will create a clear definition of what vision zero is. and how we will communicate vision zero and the projects that support that. many concerns that came up today, this communication strategy will really address those. and then they will have an opportunity as well, as we have seen a lot of support from commnity groups and various groups on how to get involved. this is an opportunity to get involved and amplify the message across the city and the region, on how to get to that vision of zero traffic fatalities by 2024. >> okay. any commissioners, tang.
>> thank you, i wanted to see if you can elaborate a bit on the policies you mentioned we need to change at the local level, you mentioned speed enforcement but elaborate on other things to do. >> we have particular areas to look at. one of them is in particular, one of the things that we found most effective is the automated speed enforcement. that is a standard practice in many cities in the world, and has shown direct reduction of speeding. and currently not allowed to do that, we need to pass legislation. i believe that is at the state level and work we can do at the city level. but we need that state approval to do that. that's one concrete example.
the other one is with parking in particular, with vehicle enforcement. one thing we have been looking at, for example, the box programs we can expand those, and look at what the role is of parking control officers and how that enforced and how the funding of that is tied to these particular programs. so we are basically revising a lot of this to look at what we can do at the city level. or do at the state level. and there are opportunities for funding at the regional level. and at the state and federal level for these projects and programs. so we are kind of doing a brought look -- broad look now to see things in the city, of things that are in the way of delivering these policies. or are they in place and need
other jurisdictional efforts. we will have a fairly good view for that, for the next committee. and it was apparent that we need a group to address a lot of these. >> okay. so and to the education piece of this. and i know that we are waiting for state funding, i guess, to come in june. >> uh-huh. >> to be effective in june. and in the meantime there is an allocation of $1 million for safe streets. and my understanding is that much of the attention is put on the east-side corridors. i am wondering what is happening with the west side? >> you said most of the funding is going to the east side? >> how are we addressing the education piece of it? >> i will have john (inaudible)
come and give you details of the city wide effort. >> good morning, john knox white from mta. i think there is a number of ways to answer that question. the current safe streets san francisco program that launched at the beginning of this month involves city and regional wide educational outreach about driving safely around cross walks. and marked. we are doing outreach to ensure that drivers are aware. even if there is not a painted cross walk on the street, that they are cross walks. and when people are in those cross walks marked or unmarked, that they have the right-of-way. much of the education is city wide and region we focused. and we